William Penn Athletics News–November 29
William Penn Win 78-52 Over Presentation
Oskaloosa–The Statesmen women’s basketball team took advantage being in Penn Gymnasium for the first time in nearly a month as it dropped Presentation (S.D.) 78-52 in non-conference play Friday.
William Penn (5-5), which was the home team for the first time in 28 days, limited the Saints to just 27.4% from the field. The Statesmen gave up the first two points of the afternoon, but then reeled off 21 of the next 24 points and never trailed again.
The navy and gold shot 44.4% from the floor, faring much better inside the arc than outside (only 2-for-23 from deep).
A 35-17 halftime lead was stretched to as much as 38 points midway through the second half. WPU narrowly outrebounded Presentation 48-46, but committed just 12 turnovers. Its 18 takeaways were good for a 16-9 edge in points off mistakes.
Dani Stahle (Sr., South Weber, Utah, History/Government & Psychology) topped the home squad with 18 points. She also had eight rebounds and three assists.
A healthy Janay Pritchett (Jr., Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Biology & Sociology) contributed 13 points off the bench, while Brittany May (Sr., Gladstone, Ore., Biology) also reached double figures with ten points.
Jessie Kreuser (Jr., Mendota Heights, Minn., Physical Education) posted eight points and three steals, while Alyssa Phillips (Fr., Gurnee, Ill., Communications), and Megan Evangelista (Sr., Chanhassen, Minn., Biology) both tallied six points.
“It was great finally being back at home,” Head Coach Mike Brown said. “It was just the shot in the arm we needed. We played really well in the first half and kept it going after halftime.”
“It was really good to have Janay back at 100%,” Brown added. “Both she and Dani were really efficient. Jessie and Alyssa were active tonight as well.”
Next: William Penn remains at home Saturday to host Hannibal-LaGrange (Mo.) in non-conference play at 5 p.m.
Statesmen Win Big Over Central Christian (Mo.)
Oskaloosa–The William Penn men’s basketball team had no ill effects from its turkey and stuffing intake as it easily defeated Central Christian (Mo.) 107-45 in non-conference play as part of the William Penn Classic Friday.
The Statesmen (7-4), winners of seven straight, outshot the Saints 54.1%-36.4% and scored the game’s first ten points. The visitors stayed close through the first stanza, though, trailing just 38-23 at intermission.
The second half was another story with the navy and gold erupting for 69 points on 62.8% shooting, highlighted by 11 three-pointers. Central Christian was forced into 23 turnovers (just seven for WPU) and the home squad also owned a 38-30 edge in rebounding. William Penn bettered CCC 34-11 in points off turnovers and 18-2 in second-chance points.
Marc Wilson (Sr., Los Angeles, Calif.) and Tyler Stahle (So., Bountiful, Utah, Business Management) both recorded 17 points in the win. Wilson also pulled down five rebounds and stole six passes.
Kelly Madison (Jr., Des Moines, Iowa, Physical Education), with 13 points, Blake Walker (Sr., Rose Garden, Physical Education), with 12, and Kevin Fay (Sr., Hennepin, Ill., Elementary Education) with ten, reached double figures as well. Walker assisted on ten baskets for a double-double.
Erik McGee (Jr., Oskaloosa, Iowa, Elementary Education) finished with nine points in addition to five boards and two blocks, while Roberts Baltruns (So., Riga, Latvia, Business Management) had eight points. Logan Alexander (So., Eddyville, Iowa, Undecided) and Mike Aldeman (Jr., Iowa City, Iowa, Education) managed six points each in the victory.
Next: William Penn remains at home Saturday to host non-conference foe Crossroads (Mo.) to conclude the William Penn Classic. Tip-off is slated for 3 p.m.